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post·hu·mous

(pos'chū-mŭs)
Denotes occurring after a person's death.
[L. postumus, last, corrupted by attraction to humus, earth, burial]

posthumous

(pŏs′tū-mŭs) [L. postumus, last]
1. Occurring after death.
2. Born after the death of the father.
3. Said of a child taken by cesarean section after the death of the mother.
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A wide range of other topics, texts, and critical approaches is addressed by, for example, Mary Jacobus's study of Hardy's literary posthumousness, Wayne Anderson's discussion of his 'rhetoric of silence', Avrom Fleishman's commentary on Egdon Heath, Simon Gatrell's analysis of buildings in The Trumpet-Major, A Laodicean, and Two on a Tower, John Bayley's reading of The Woodlanders as social comedy, Elliott Gose's consideration of Tess in relation to Victorian anthropology, and Kathleen Blake's examination of Tess herself both as individual and as abstraction or type.
The story raises a very intriguing question on posthumousness. Cacciari speaks of posthumousness in terms of character transience, as the infinitely unknowable being locked up in texts that will never satisfy our passageway to the person-in-himself: "Posthumous people go through an infinite number of masks without ever staying with any one of them" (4).
Reading here is situated in a strange time of posthumousness. Death in Parsons' novel is the precondition for the delivery of the packet that contains the sinning wife's confession.